One of the main attractions of Disney's new Star Wars countries will be an opportunity for fans to build their own unique lightsabers. Thanks to a special VIP presentation by the Disney Parks team, we finally know how the build process will work. We have also held the final product in our hands. I am happy to report that these are impressive reproductions that are much harder than they look.
At this year's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Disney Park team product experts were the final product for a handful of presentations with examples. And this is how the process works.
The opening at Disneyland in Anaheim, California will feature two different Lightsaber stores on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The first, called Dok-Ondars Cave of Antiques, will sell a string of 1
Both the older and custom lightsabers are compatible with a universal blade system. The blades are available in various lengths and sizes, and each one shines in a variety of colors, depending on the handle to which it is attached.
The old blades displayed at Celebration included replicas of Luke Skywalker's two lightsabers, including the iconic weapons worn by Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Mace Windu. Each is packed in its own satin-finished presentation box with a unique chevron on the outside.
Some blades come with additional accessories to make them more precise. Kylo Ren's blade comes with two additional blades for the iconic Crossguard, while Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber from Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi has a special attachment point for its extremely narrow emitter.
The custom blades are a completely different animal. The construction of a building will be part of an intimate experience in small groups in the park.
Before entering the "Building Room" at Savi's Workshop, guests must first select one of four types of lightsabers. Options include the Jedi-focused set for peace and justice, the Sith-focused Power and Control range, the more naturalistic Elemental Nature set, and the mysterious defense and defense set. Once in the build chamber, actors named Guardians will arrive, offering a choice of three different colored cyber crystals.
The crystals themselves are random. The guests know the color but not the cut or type of crystal until they open it. Once selected, crystals are inserted into a holocron, allowing iconic characters from the Star Wars universe to whisper the secrets of power. The Disney staff emphasized that the crystals themselves contain new and unusual insights into the Star Wars universe.
From there, Guardians assist guests in using the discrete pieces they have selected to match their blade.
I hung out at the Disney Parks booth for a while before the demonstration went live, and was shocked when the presenter dropped one of the individual components on the table. The tiny, two-inch square module knocked off the table like a good brass plumbing. Later, when I had the opportunity to hold a special lightsaber in hand, I was amazed at the weight of the object. It's a lot harder than a 12-inch old-school Maglite flash.
Unlike these old Maglites, however, these lightsabers use AA or AAA batteries. The weight comes exclusively from the high quality materials from which they are made.
Also available are a variety of accessories, including full-length padded carrier bags for those who purchase optional blades. Robust, universal belt clips are also available. They offer both direct attachment points and clips for the usual D-rings in some lightsabers. Fans can also buy their own Holocron to communicate with the Force at home and learn more about their own unique Cyber Crystal.
No pricing information available.
Both the old lightsabers and the custom lightsabers will be available to fans when Galaxy's Edge opens in California on May 31st. Nearly identical stores will open on August 29 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.